Systems Management Solutions for IBM PowerLinux

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IT staffs today have more flexibility in deploying new and expanded business workloads due to proven technologies like virtualization. However, the lack of effective systems management tools and processes can increase the workload on an already-overburdened IT staff, inhibiting their ability to deliver innovative services in support of business growth. To build a

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Systems Management Solutions for IBM PowerLinux

  1. 1. IBM Systems and Technology IBM Power SystemsData Sheet Systems Management Solutions for IBM PowerLinux Improve service delivery with integrated service management of hardware and virtualization IT staffs today have more flexibility in deploying new and expanded busi- Highlights ness workloads due to proven technologies like virtualization. However, the lack of effective systems management tools and processes can increase ●● ● ● Optimize virtualization to more quickly the workload on an already-overburdened IT staff, inhibiting their ability respond to changing business requirements to deliver innovative services in support of business growth. To build a dynamic infrastructure that addresses today’s challenges and tomorrow’s ●● ● ● Visualize and monitor physical and opportunities, you need to not only ensure high availability and quality of virtual servers at the platform, system, and enterprise level existing services, but also meet customer expectations for flexible access to innovative new services that are delivered in the shortest possible time. ●● ● ● Administer servers, storage, networks, applications and energy in a unified solution IBM offers comprehensive solutions that enable you to improve service delivery by providing a consolidated view of physical and virtual ●● ● ● Reduce time required to identify and resolve service availability issues resource management of servers running any workload combinations on AIX®, Linux® and IBM i operating environments. To better support IBM PowerLinuxTM servers, IBM is introducing IBM® Systems Director for IBM PowerLinux™ and IBM® Systems Director VMControl™ for IBM PowerLinux™. These offerings are available for use on IBM PowerLinux servers only and offer key system manage- ment tools with a new cost-effective pricing structure. IT staffs running PowerLinux servers can manage IT operations at less cost and better meet changing business requirements.
  2. 2. IBM Systems and Technology IBM Power SystemsData SheetIBM Systems Director for IBM PowerLinux provides the With IBM Systems Director for IBM PowerLinux IT adminis-same basic monitoring, system configuration and update capa- trators get a customizable, at-a-glance status of the health ofbilities as IBM Systems Director Express Edition. Similar to key server components like CPU utilization, memory and diskthe IBM Systems Director Express Edition, IBM Systems utilization helping them to quickly identify and handle prob-Director for IBM PowerLinux allows IT staff to remotely lems. They can set thresholds and be alerted when thosemanage PowerLinux servers and to monitor energy usage. thresholds are hit by getting a message to their email IDs orIBM Systems Director for IBM PowerLinux also supports pagers. They can also define and schedule automation plansother IBM Systems Director Managers like IBM® Systems that run commands to handle routine administrative tasks.Director Active Energy Manager™ that measures, monitors, IBM Systems Director for IBM PowerLinux can reduce ITand manages the energy and thermal components of costs and improve availability with faster problem identificationIBM systems enabling a cross-platform management solution. by taking less time and effort to identify, troubleshoot and fix problems.IBM Systems Director VMControl for IBM PowerLinuxprovides advanced capabilities to create and manage virtual Reduce the time to deploy and optimizemachines, and to rapidly deploy virtual appliances. your systems for increased efficiency by:IBM Systems Director VMControl for IBM PowerLinux ●● ● Minimizing the time and effort to deploy workloads onoffers the same features and functions as the IBM® Systems virtual servers from days to minutesDirector VMControl™ Enterprise Edition. ●● ● Simplifying management of heterogeneous physical and virtual environments with system poolsSolutions ●● ● Optimizing PowerLinux servers to balance business needs forIBM offers a complete set of platform and enterprise service performance and energy reductionmanagement solutions that are designed to enable integratedservice management of your IBM PowerLinux servers running IBM Systems Director for IBM PowerLinux provides a singleRed Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server interface to manage the complete life cycle of virtual machinesreleases throughout their operational life cycle. including the ability to create, modify, delete, and relocate virtual machines to manage utilization more efficiently whenReduce the time required to monitor and consolidating servers. This is ideal for IT organizations thatrepair server systems by: are using virtualization primarily for server consolidation.●● ● Proactively monitoring and getting alerts on key server●● ● components and systems Plan and document your PowerLinux●● ● Analyzing current and historical system status to find the root server environment by: cause of problems more quickly ●● ● Discovering the systems in your infrastructure and how they●● ● Using automation to prevent or quickly repair system errors are interconnected ●● ● Maintaining these systems and keeping them up to date ●● ● Analyzing resource and energy use to understand current capabilities and future capacity needs 2
  3. 3. IBM Systems and Technology IBM Power SystemsData SheetIBM Systems Director for IBM PowerLinux performs basic VMControl for IBM PowerLinux allows you to manage systemdiscovery and visually represents relationships of HMCs, pools with the simplicity of managing a single system, which isPowerLinux servers and their components (service processors, an essential capability for moving to cloud computing.memory, CPUs, etc.), operating systems, virtual machines andvirtual I/O. It can also notify administrators of servers and IBM Systems Director for IBM PowerLinux and IBM SystemsHMCs that are out of compliance with defined OS and system Director VMControl for IBM PowerLinux work togetherfirmware levels, and update those systems accordingly. to help you more effectively utilize your virtual environment. IBM Systems Director VMControl for IBM PowerLinux helpsSimplify system management by: you to create and modify system pools using PowerLinux vir-●● ● Managing system pools with the same cost and effort as a tual workloads, make dynamic virtual workload adjustments and single virtual machine move workloads within system pools, resulting in an optimized●● ● Eliminating repetitive installation, configuration and virtual environment with increased resilience to cope with maintenance costs of running complex software workloads planned or unplanned downtime.●● ● Exploiting repeatable accuracy and consistency via automation For more information●● ● Improving service levels and workload availability To learn more about IBM Systems Director for IBM PowerLinux and IBM Systems Director VMControlIBM Systems Director VMControl for IBM PowerLinux for IBM PowerLinux, please contact your IBM marketingsimplifies virtualization management. Virtualized system representative or IBM Business Partner, or visitcomponents (servers, storage and network) can be managed ibm.com/systems/software/directoras a single entity in a system pool,and IBM Systems Director 3
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